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Applications for US unemployment aid slip to 298K

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 21:18

In this photo taken Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, Jessica Pimentel, of Hollywood, Fla., fills out a job application during a job fair in Sunrise. Fla. The Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits slipped 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000, a low level that signals employers are cutting few jobs and hiring is likely to remain strong.


Digital Ally gets first camera order since Ferguson shooting

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 21:10
(Reuters) - Digital Ally Inc said the Michigan police force placed an order for the company's flagship video cameras for its fleet, highlighting the spike in demand for surveillance systems since a policeman fatally shot an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 9. The fallout has led to protests and a clamor to find ways to hold law enforcement officials accountable, which in turn has led to a spike in interest in companies such as Digital Ally and Taser International Inc. Digital Ally, which also makes cameras compact enough to be pinned to shirts, belts or eyeglasses, said on Thursday it received an order of more than $1.1 million from Michigan state police. Michigan police ordered Digital Ally's DVM-800 video camera which are fitted in the rear view mirrors of patrol cars, the company said. These and the company's miniature, body-worn audio-video systems together generated about 45 percent of Digital Ally's total revenue of $3.5 million in the quarter ended June 30.

Germanwings pilots to go on strike Friday

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 21:07

Germanwings pilots to go on strike FridayBERLIN (AP) — German airline pilots said they will go on strike after negotiations between the country's biggest airline Lufthansa and the union representing pilots collapsed Thursday over a long-running dispute regarding wages and early retirement benefits.


Germany readies volcano outbreak measures

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 20:55
BERLIN (AP) — Germany has put a specialized aircraft and a network of laser measuring stations on stand-by in case Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano erupts.

Girl, now 7, testifies about abduction, sex assault

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 20:54

Girl, now 7, testifies about abduction, sex assaultThe mother of a 5-year-old girl abducted from kindergarten and sexually assaulted gently asked her daughter about the ordeal on a tape recording played Wednesday in a Philadelphia courtroom.


Mother says her Facebook post got son expelled from preschool

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 20:43

Mother says her Facebook post got son expelled from preschoolA mother claims her 4-year-old son was expelled from preschool because of a private message she posted on her personal Facebook page.


US economy grew at brisk 4.2 percent rate in April-June quarter, faster than first estimated

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 20:31
WASHINGTON (AP) — US economy grew at brisk 4.2 percent rate in April-June quarter, faster than first estimated.

Mother's Facebook post gets son expelled from preschool

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 20:13

Mother says her Facebook post got son expelled from preschoolA mother claims her 4-year-old son was expelled from preschool because of a private message she posted on her personal Facebook page.


Review: 'Madden NFL 15' scores on new consoles

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 20:07

In this photo provided by EA Sports, the Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch leaps for yardage in “Madden NFL 15” (EA Sports, for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, $59.99). (AP Photo/EA Sports)If you followed all the offseason NFL headlines — concussions, racial slurs, bullying, domestic violence — you'd think the league was in serious trouble.


Gas leak shuts down Route 611 in Willow Grove near Fitzwatertown Road

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 20:02

Gas leak shuts down Route 611 in Willow Grove near Fitzwatertown RoadA gas leak has shut down Route 611 (Easton Road) in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania between Fitzwatertown and Maryland Roads.


US fund in deal to build Myanmar solar plants

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:54
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A U.S investment group has signed a $480 million deal to build two solar energy plants in central Myanmar, one of the largest investments by an American firm since the easing of U.S. sanctions.

Deliveries roll following deal in supermarket feud

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:43
TEWKSBURY, Mass. (AP) — A six-week standoff between thousands of employees of a New England supermarket chain and management has ended with the news that the beloved former CEO is back in control after buying the entire company.

PetroChina profit up 4 percent as gas sales rise

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:39
BEIJING (AP) — State-owned PetroChina, East Asia's biggest oil producer, said Thursday its first-half profit rose 4 percent as sales of gasoline and natural gas increased.

HK graft cops raid pro-democracy media boss's home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:38

FILE - In this June 23, 2009 file photo, media magnate Jimmy Lai appears in a court in Hong Kong after a Chinese man was convicted in Hong Kong for allegedly planning to shoot two prominent pro-democracy figures, Lai and veteran politician Martin Lee, in the territory. Hong Kong anti-corruption police on Thursday, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, searched the homes of Lai who is an outspoken critic of Beijing and a pro-democracy legislator after receiving a complaint alleging that lawmakers had taken bribes. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong anti-corruption police on Thursday searched the homes of a media magnate who is an outspoken critic of Beijing and a pro-democracy legislator after receiving a complaint alleging that lawmakers had taken bribes.


Uruguayans can now sign up to grow pot at home

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:09

Uruguayans can now sign up to grow pot at homePeople in Uruguay who want to grow their own marijuana at home were able to register to do so Wednesday as the government launched the latest phase in its first-of-its-kind legalization program. Under ...


For many Californians, cost of earthquake insurance outweighs the risks

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 19:03

Red tape surrounds a home damaged by Sunday's magnitude 6.0 earthquake in NapaBy Deepa Seetharaman, Robin Respaut and Christina Farr NAPA Calif (Reuters) - During Sunday's 6.0 magnitude earthquake, some $75,000 worth of bottles of wine, rum and whiskey flew off the shelves of Aiyaz Masani's liquor store in Napa, California. "It's useless to buy insurance." In one of the most quake-prone areas of the world, the cost of earthquake insurance remains too high for many California residents. Flood coverage is often more affordable and mandatory in areas of the country where hurricanes are frequent, but only 6 percent of Napa's residents carried coverage before Sunday's quake, the biggest to hit the Bay Area in 25 years and the first major quake in the state in two decades. A repeat of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, estimated at 7.8 magnitude, would cause some $93 billion in insured losses, according to an estimate by the Insurance Information Institute, an industry research group.


Sources identify surviving Schuylkill River stabbing victim

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 18:41

Sources identify surviving Schuylkill River stabbing victimInvestigators say drug gangs may be at the center of a case in which three victims were abducted, stabbed and thrown in the Schuylkill River.


Business leaders offer support for independence

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 18:37
LONDON (AP) — Some 200 business leaders have offered support for the idea of Scottish independence from Britain, hitting back after a similar letter from other companies argued there are too many uncertainties surrounding the Sept. 18 vote.

Shooting victim buried in rubble after partial collapse in North Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 18:25

Shooting victim buried in rubble after partial collapse in North PhiladelphiaPolice are investigating a deadly shooting that led to a partial house collapse in North Philadelphia.


Gas leak shuts down Route 611 in Willow Grove near Fitzwatertown Road

Yahoo! National News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 18:21

Gas leak shuts down Route 611 in Willow Grove near Fitzwatertown RoadOfficials say a gas leak has closed Route 611 (Easton Road) in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania between Fitzwatertown and Maryland Roads Thursday morning.